CTE update: 21 new programs of study

Career and Technical Education programs throughout the state have converted to a Program of Study format which now mirrors study programs in higher education.

For Los Fresnos CISD, the district now has 21 new Programs of Study in 10 categories. Each program will be aligned to an Industry Based Certification.

All incoming freshmen and future students will fall under the Programs of Study plan. Current sophomores, juniors, and seniors will continue on the Endorsement plan.

Programs of study are course sequences that prepare students with the knowledge and skills necessary for success in their chosen career. These sequences embed relevant, real-world experiences and culminate in a postsecondary credential.

The TEA switched to Programs of Study to match higher education because of strong vertical linkages between secondary and postsecondary credentials that offer students broader opportunities to succeed in a globally competitive workforce.

The Programs of Study in the Industry Based Certifications are:

  • Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources: Animal Science, Applied Agricultural Engineering – Welding, Plant Science
  • Architecture and Construction: Carpentry, Electrical
  • Arts, A/V Technology and Communications: Digital Communications, Design and Multimedia Arts
  • Business, Marketing, and Financial Services: Accounting and Financial Services, Business Management. Entrepreneurship
  • Education and Training: Teaching and Training
  • Health Science: Health Diagnostics – Phlebotomy Tech, Health Therapeutic- Certified Medical Assistant
  • Hospitality and Tourism: Lodging and Resort Management
  • Law and Public Service: Emergency Services – EMT, Law Enforcement
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics: Bio-Medical Science, Cybersecurity, Engineering
  • Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics: Automotive – AM and Automotive – AB
Programs of study do not replace the endorsements but support the completion of an endorsement. Los Fresnos CISD students are introduced to CTE programs at the elementary school level.

"This is important because we are trying to prepare our students to gain a skill that is in high demand and high wage," said Ronnie Rodriguez, CTE Director. "We are excited about the opportunities that our students will experience in this new program of study endeavor. It is crucial that our students are introduced to as many skills as possible that they may be able to fall back on."

The marketing to students before reaching the high school level includes the following:
  • Elementary curriculum: CTE vocabulary as a career choice is introduced on a weekly and sometimes daily basis.
  • Fifth-grade tours: All fifth-grade students tour LFHS to see the CTE classes.
  • CTE on Tour: CTE programs are taken to the elementary schools were students at each grade level are exposed to CTE programs
  • Eighth Grade Programs of Study Survey